Grape Cheese Balls - Chef Abbie Gellman MS, RD, CDN

Grape Cheese Balls

Chef Abbie Gellman RD

Looking for a fun recipe to make with the kids?  Here is a great option…as long as you don’t mind your fingers getting a little cheesy!  My Grape Cheese Balls are sweet, savory, and just a bit crunchy!  A perfect afternoon activity with the kiddos.

All About Grape Cheese Balls

These cheese balls are a great option for a quick appetizer or activity with the kids.  Simply mix together your goat cheese, cream cheese, chives, honey and pepper.  Place a grape in the center of 1 tablespoon of the cheese mixture, forming it into a ball shape.  Place each grape cheese ball on a plate lined with wax paper.  Next, place all grape cheese balls in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.  Before serving, place chives in one bowl and walnuts in a separate bowl.  Roll half the cheese balls in chives, and half in walnuts until evenly coated.  Serve and enjoy!

Tips

If you are having a party, you could make the cheese balls the night before and roll them in the outer toppings the next day.  You can also get creative with the outside of your cheese balls.  You could choose other nuts like pecans or cashews, different herbs, or make a nut-herb blend!

Grape Cheese Balls Nutrition

Enjoy these cheese balls as a healthy appetizer at your next party!  They have a delicious sweet and salty flavor while also providing a variety of nutrients.

Grapes are great sources of vitamin C and K which are nutrients that assist your immune system and help you to heal more quickly.  Grapes have a sweet flavor, which is great if you are having a sweet craving!  When buying grapes, look for plump grapes that are attached to the stems.  If your grapes are wrinkled or soft, they may be old or spoiled.

Goat cheese contains protein, healthy fats, and a variety of vitamins and minerals like riboflavin, calcium, and phosphorus.  It provides a tangy flavor and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes!  In this recipe, it adds creaminess and saltiness to the sweet grapes.

Walnuts are great sources of omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, and magnesium.  I love the walnuts on the outside of my Grape Cheese Balls because they add a nice crunch.  For additional crunch and flavor, you could toast the walnuts in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Similar Pages

Looking for more appetizers?  Try my Buffalo Cauliflower Bites, Green Tahini Dip, and Peach Salsa

References

“Discover Foods: Grapes.” EatFresh, https://eatfresh.org/discover-foods/grapes.

grape cheese balls

Grape Cheese Balls

~2 balls per serving
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizers, kids, vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 30 balls

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives plus 3 tablespoons chopped chives divided
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 30 red seedless grapes
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Mix goat cheese, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon minced chives, honey and pepper thoroughly in a bowl. Set aside remaining chives.
  • Using around 1 tablespoon of cheese mix, place one grape in the middle, forming cheese mixture around grape into a ball shape. Place each grape cheese ball on a plate lined with wax paper.
  • Place all cheese-grape balls in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Before serving, place remaining chives in one bowl and walnuts in second bowl. Roll half the cheese balls in remaining chives and the other half in walnuts until evenly coated. Serve.

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